Mini evaluation

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about teamwork.

Creating our continuity task and our main task has been a struggle. We have had our ups and downs but in the end we have come together to create a decent piece.

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Simran Purewal

I’ve known Simran since year 3 and we have been close friends since then. We have been together for group work in the past but nothing as intense as this main task. Working with her has been great because she is the first person I turn to when I have a problem so having her here through the process really helped.

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Gabby Jones

I’ve known Gabby since reception and we have been to the same schools since then. As we’ve known each other longest understanding what we mean is easy, her being boss is better also because even though I’m a small bit older, she makes better choices and is more mature.

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Lewis Gray

I’ve seen Lewis around since year 7 and I’ve only really talked to him this year because of this course. He started as an under confident editor, but with all his new skills he really has grown since the start of the course. Even though Gabby, Simran and I had known each other longer, Lewis and Gabby are family friends so his past with Gabby helped our bond.

Overall, our group has produced what we can and tried our best. At the end of the day isn’t that what teamwork is all about?

Main task – Second draft

Our second draft video:

My first thought about this edit is how we still have the off continuity at the start between the two different siren scores.  This needs to be edited out so the mood is set with smooth sound bridges. I like how the track of the bodies has been sped up.This allows the viewer to see the body but at a better pace to create a tense mood. It also makes it fast pace and creates distortion. We added flashes as transitions, they represent camera flashes in an evidential photograph at a crime scene. We followed convention by adding in pictures connected by string. This has been seen in many thriller films and can show the personally or insanity of a murderer.

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We asked 4 questions on google classroom:

What did you like about the title sequence?

The main complement was about out editing style. I agree it is unique and it does fit with the crime thriller genre quite well. Some also said they would want to see the complete film and that we had a unique style. Music was another of the best comments we received. Around 85% of our audience commented it that it fit our genre, the idea and it was a good choice of royalty free music. Around 20% commented on our use of make up , titles and narrative idea.

What would you highlight as our main improvement?

This feedback gave us a much wider range of things we could improve. These were; add a colour grade, mess up the newspapers, add a voice over, add a variation of shots and shorten some shots. I like the idea of adding a colour grade because it will make the over all lighting darker, which is good as our lighting was very white. It would also add a sinister tone if we were to use a red colour grade. For us to change the newspapers we would have to reshoot that scene, we did not do because we felt it wasn’t necessary. We were planning to include a voice over at this stage as we feel it would help with understanding the narrative.

Please comment on the mise en scene (good/bad)

The feedback for our use of mise en scene was very positive.  50% of the comments said it was a good choice of location and that time and effort was put in to find it. I feel our choice of location was really good as it inspired at title and allowed us to taking common codes and conventions from crime thrillers. 30% of our audience though it was an effective title sequence and that the music, make up and props contributed to it. One improvement for our mise en scene was to add more blood. The victims were strangled, not injured that could inflict blood. This is a lack of narrative is cause of our missing voice over.

What genre does it belong to?

Our thriller is in the hybrid of crime and mystery thrillers.95% of the audience felt it was a crime thriller. I agree with them as I do feel it gives a crime thriller feel. Few thought it was a mystery thriller, which it could be as in the voice over it will state the girls are missing. Comments also said horror or sci-fi thriller. This must be because of the dead element and perhaps the music and the mark contribute to the sci fi idea.

 

Main task – First draft

Our first draft video:

What I like about this draft, firstly is the non diegetic siren, as it established the genre as a thriller and shows there has been a crime committed due to the police sirens. additionally the use of a black screen leaves the audience wondering what events have occurred. Secondly, I like how the eery music is added when the second siren sounds, this is because the music choice reinforces the genre of a thriller, it rises the tension especially when the character Zara Winters is claimed/ seen dead. Another detail that I liked in our first draft is, the still image of Zara transitions into a pan of her body utilizing a fade effect, this eases the audience into the sequence as the scene doesn’t have a quick opening. I also like how the shots switch from still image to video, and vice-versa during these shots fast cuts are used as transitioning  to add pace as the sequence continues. The white flash fade from the video to the credits symbolises camera flashes, similar to a policeman take postmortem pictures at a crime scene. Additionally I like the typography chosen for the credits because the font is commonly seen in crime thrillers. The last shot takes the audience from the shot of the forest to the shot where we (the audience) see the symbol on Zara’s wrist using a pan, I like this because it ends the draft on a cliff hanger for the audience. The editing of the white flashes and superimposition add a dazing effect at the end of the draft, leaves the viewer confused and wanting more.

What I don’t like about this draft, firstly the change of different siren noises is a bad sound bridge as it cuts and creates an awkward stop. Secondly, half way through the pan, it cuts and the siren suddenly stops. This must be edited because it really ruins the tension and the mood. The third problem, is clearly the long black screen, this will be our first fix as it is just making room for future shots. The end cut is my last issue with this draft. The pan down brings us to the wrist but it has an odd cut when it does so, this needs to be edited so it ran smoothly.

Feedback after watching our draft:

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These responses will help us to edit our further drafts. We will take into consideration what the audience has said and adjust the footage accordingly.

Main task initial ideas

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about our main task.

For our main task we will make a 2 minute opening title sequence based on a thriller sub genre of our choice.

Our first ideas:

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We wanted to go with a psychological crime thriller because we find it most interesting, but most importantly it’s what the audience like to see.

A short story board for our best idea:

Our best idea is about 3 girls who go missing one by one. All 3 deaths are linked through a strange mark found on the bodies.

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Shot list:

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A long story board for our best idea:

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Script:

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Cast and crew:

The group roles have remained the same as our continuity task, however our actors have changed. This is our cast and crew:

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Director – Gabby Jones
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Producer – Simran Purewal
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Editor – Lewis Gray
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DOP – Erin Horsfield (Me)
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Make up artist – Kate Ilsley
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News reporter – Rebecca Bates
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Jasmine Aname – Ellie Bindman
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Sophia James – Lauren Gulliford Brown
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Zara Winter – Callie-Marie Treanor

Location and times:

We will be filming between 23rd – 30th January.

Our main location is Black Park as this will create the correct setting and atmosphere for our title sequence. We will also be filming in a shed to reveal some of the villain’s planning behind killing the girls.

Camera techniques:

  • High angle shots – We will use these on the victims as they made them look small and weak. Also if we slightly move the camera when we are at this angle, it will look like someone is watching over the dead bodies.
  • Low angle shots – We will use these on the woodland to make it seem powerful and dangerous. Also if we slightly shake the camera during this shot, it will look like some one is breathing heavily and running from the woods.
  • Panning – We will use this to take shots of the woods with the victims, from a far. This will appear to be the view of a new comer to the woods who has looked around and found a dead body.
  • Tracking – We will use this to show the mark on the girls wrist at the end of sequence. This will allow the viewer a few seconds of the mentioned mark earlier I the sequence.
  • Tilts – We will use these on the images of the newspapers. When newspapers are featured in films, they are often tilted to look as if they have been thrown in front of someone to look at.

Props:

The main props we will be using are newspaper articles and photographs of the girls who will play the role of the dead bodies. This will show the planning of the villain and the articles will create emphasis on the deaths and how they are linked.

Sounds:

We will be using siren sound and bird cherps as a non diegetic at the end and start of our sequence. I’ve tried and tried and I can’ find a way to get the into this blog post!

 

 

Typography

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about typography.

What is typography?

  • Google’s definition: The style and appearance of printed matter.

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  • These are just a few parts of text: Click me for more
  • I may have to do a blog post just about ‘The anatomy of a letter’ because it’s very complex and very hard to explain without further research.

What is the difference between font and type face? Google’s definitions:

  • Typeface –  is the design of the alphabet, the shape of the letters that make up the type style. The letters, numbers, and symbols that make up a design of type. So when you say “Arial” or “Goudy” you’re talking about a set of letters in a specific style.
  • Font –  is the digital file that contains/describes the typeface.

Whats is sans and sans-serif font?

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  • Sans serif fonts are used for formal texts, such as newspapers.
  • Serif fonts are clearer to read and are less formal.

Why do we use different fonts, font sizes and colours?

  • Fonts – We all have our favourites. Mine is Harlow Solid Italic for creativity. My everyday favourite is Verdana Pro Cond.
  • Font sizes – They are chance for ranging ages of people, large fonts (36) are for young children and the elderly. They can also be used to fit a lot in one space (12). My favourite place to read fonts is at the opticians, when you get to read a range of font sizes on the wall, to test your sight.
  • Colours – We used colours in fonts a lot as a child, making the page less boring. Colours like red can be used on the word “STOP” as red is the symbol for stop and also connotes danger, telling us something dangerous can occur if you don’t stop.

Why do we use bold, capitalisation, italics and underline?

  • BoldItalic and underline are used to make a word stand out, so the reader remembers it.
  • CAPTIALS are used to show someone shouting.

What is tracking and spacing?

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  • Tracking –  The space between letters in words in a text. It
    is used to affect density in a line or block of text.
  • Spacing – should not be confused with kerning.

What is alignment? Google’s definition:

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  • Alignment – The arrangement of text or graphics relative to a margin. Flush left alignment means that text is lined up along the left margin. Flush right alignment lines up text along the right margin. Centred alignment means that text is aligned around a midpoint.

What is column width?

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  • Column width – Column width is the width of a column on a page. You can
    have more than one column on a page.
  • Having more columns makes it easier for the reader to digest each part, as one n=big column can be off-putting.

What is Widow, stub/runt and Orphan?

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  • Widow – One word or short sentence at the top of a paragraph.
  • Orphan – One word or short sentence at the bottom of a paragraph.
  • Stub/runt – One word or short sentence in the middle of the paragraph.
  • Use of all 3 are considered ‘bad typography’.

Overall, research of typography will help my group to chosen the correct variations in the field for an effective thriller title sequence.

 

 

 

Alfred Hitchcock

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock is known for being “Master of Suspense” because of his directory use of shots and cuts to make the scenes feel and look very realistic.

Hitchcock has made over 50 films in his life. He is the inspiration for the thriller genre. Here is a list of honourable mentions:

  • The trouble with Harry (1955)
  • Rope (1948)
  • The man who knew too much (1956)
  • Spellbound (1945)
  • Shadow of a doubt (1943)
  • The lady vanishes (1938)

Here is a list of his top 10 best films:

10) Dial ‘M’ for murder (1954)

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Plot:

  • A man sets out to have his wife killed.
  • She ends up killing the person sent to kill her!

Cast:

  • Grace Kelly as Margot Mary Wendice
  • Ray Milland as Tony Wendice

9) The 39 steps (1946)

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Plot:

  • A man tries to prove his innocence after finding a dead body.
  • He must also stop spies from stealing military secrets.

Cast:

  • Robert Donat as Ricard Hanney
  • Madiline Caroll as Pamela

8) Notorious (1946)

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Plot:

  • A Nazi spy is recruited to work for the USA.
  • She falls in love with a recruiter.

Cast:

  • Cary Grant as Devlin
  • Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman
  • Claude Rains as Alexander Serbastian

7) Rebecca (1940)

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This film won an Oscar for ‘Best picture’.

Plot:

  • A woman marries a man she has known for 2 weeks.
  • She is haunted by his ex-wife.
  • She also is hated by the house keeper and his ex wife’s lover.

Cast:

  • Joan Fontaine as Mrs. de Winter
  • Laurnce Oliver as Maxim de Winter

6) Strangers on a train (1951)

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Plot:

  • Two strangers meet on a train and plan to kill each others victims.
  • One man’s wife is killed, it was not part of the plan so all must be set right before its to late.

Cast:

  • Farley Granger as Guy Haines
  • Robert Walker as Bruno Antony

5) The birds (1963)

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Plot:

  • A town is attacked by murderous birds.

Cast:

  • Tippi Hedren as Madline Daniels
  • Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner

4) North by northwest (1959)

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This film has been said to have been one of Hitchcock’s best.

Plot:

  • A man is mistaken for a spy, he is on the run to save his life.
  • He is chased by spies who want him dead.

Cast:

  • Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill
  • Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall

3) Vertigo (1958)

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Plot:

  • A detective suffers with a fear of heights, preventing him from saving lives.
  • He falls in love with his friends wife.
  • She jumps to her death.

Cast:

  • Kim Novak as Judy Barton/Madline Elster
  • James Stewart as John Fergouson

2) Rear window (1954)

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Plot:

  • A photographer in a wheel chair thinks he sees a murder from his window.
  • To investigate, he sends his girlfriend to the crime scene.

Cast:

  • Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont
  • James Stewart as L.B Jefferies

1)Psycho (1960)

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This film has been called ‘The best film ever made’! Also this film is known for its very famous shower scene. It has been name ‘The most reconcilable scene in history’!

Plot:

  • A woman is killed in her hotel room
  • She was killed by the serial killer, Norman Bates

Cast:

  • Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
  • Janet Leigh as Marion Crane

 

Overall, without Alfred Hitchcock, the thriller genre would be lost and never as great as it is today.

 

Continuity task re-edit

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about the re-edit of our continuity task. (Yes, I know the photo is awful XD)

Our editor, Lewis, fixed the problems we had with our continuity task. The main issue was the fact we did break the 180 degree rule.

Doing this task has thought us to not over complicate things and keep things simple. Creativity is key but execution needs to be kept in mind. I really like the finished product as it the best we could do and I feel we did put all of our new skills into this piece.